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The NWWS’s Spring concert, “English Fare,” takes place April 16, 2016, at Corbet Theatre at 7pm. This final concert of our 25th season reminds us of the roots of our American wind music heritage. Featured are works of a newer breed of composers, some of which you’ve never heard. The music, however, is pure delight!
Commissioned in 1985 for the 10th anniversary of the Bolton Youth Concert Band, Festivo was premiered at the WASBE (World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) convention in July of that year. Many of Edward Gregson’s works for wind band have become staples in the band world. Besides Festivo, the NWWS has performed his Tuba Concerto, and Celebration, a veritable concerto for wind ensemble.
Adam Gorb studied Music at Cambridge University and Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he graduated with the highest honors and has a PhD in Composition from the University of Birmingham. He currently is Head of School of Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Downtown Diversions was composed for a consortium of fourteen American colleges and universities; it was premiered at the 2001 National Conference of the CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association). Its style is witty with a subtle hint of jazz and is a tour de force for both the ensemble as well as the trombone soloist. This piece features NWWS’s own Rich Pasko on trombone.
When Lincolnshire Posy was first performed by the Milwaukee Concert Band, only three movements were performed: one, two, and four. This was because Grainger believed that the performers cared “more about their beer than the music.” As a completed work, it was premiered at the ABA (American Bandmasters Association) convention in 1937. The work of “musical wildflowers,” as Grainger referred to it, was a portrait of the singers, many of which died in poor houses. It has blossomed into a staple of the wind band repertoire.
Thanks to Hollywood, the Colonel Bogey March enjoys world-wide popularity. It was composed by Lieutenant F. J. Ricketts (a.k.a. Kenneth J. Alford), a British Army bandmaster who later became the director of music for the Royal Marines at Plymouth.
The four movements of Songs & Refrains are each based on a different folksong of various origins. Each movement can be seen to adopt a ‘micro’ theme-and-variation form, in that a melody is initially presented simply, and is then played around with. All the songs had verses that link the songs most closely to the music.
Our 25th season then concludes with Edward Elgar’s Military March No. 1 – perhaps the most often performed military march in history.
Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the door or Book ‘n’ Brush in Chehalis for $12 general admission. Kids and students are free. Children under 16 must be accompanied by paying adult. Please visit our Concerts or Tickets page for more information.
The Northwest Wind Symphony’s winter concert, “Music of the Americas,” takes place this Saturday, February 6, at Corbet Theatre. The concert begins at 7p.m. and features music of North and South America.
The program’s first half presents staples of American concert band music – “American Overture” by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, and “Chorale and Alleluia” by Howard Hanson, as well as works by relative newcomers Anthony Plog and Kathryn Salfelder. The first half of the program concludes with a John Philip Sousa classic, “The Fairest of the Fair.” The second half of the program turns south to the joyous sounds of the fiesta! High-energy music by Marquez, Bautista, and Padilla will make it difficult for listeners to stay in their seats. The concert concludes appropriately with South American music by a North American composer, H. Owen Reed.
Featured guest artists include Jameson Bratcher on tuba, NWWS’s own Dane Hurd on trumpet, and John Welsh, guest conductor. Tickets are $12 general admission, available at the door or from Book ‘n’ Brush or Heymann Whinery. Students are free (15 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult).
The Northwest Wind Symphony’s Winter concert, “Music of the Americas,” takes place on February 6 at Corbet Theatre. The concert begins at 7p.m. and will feature music of North and South America.
The program begins with the staples of American concert band music – “American Overture” by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, and “Chorale and Alleluia” by Howard Hanson, as well as works by relative newcomers Anthony Plog and Kathryn Salfelder. And of course, no concert of American music would be complete without John Philip Sousa!
The second half of our program turns south to the joyous sounds of the Fiesta! Celebrate with us as we welcome to our stage Jameson Bratcher on tuba, Dane Hurd on trumpet, and John Welsh, guest conductor.
Tickets are $12 (general admission) and can be purchased at the door or at Book ‘n’ Brush in Chehalis and Heymann Whinery in Centralia. Students are free with a paying adult. For more information, visit our Tickets or Concerts pages, or email the NWWS Secretary.
The Northwest Wind Symphony opens its 25th season this fall on Saturday, October 24th, at 7 p.m. in Corbet Theatre on the Centralia College campus.
To begin our Silver Anniversary Season, we’re taking you to Hollywood. From the Walt Disney studio that garnered more Oscars than any other (a total of thirty-three) to the music of John Williams, we’ll walk down memory lane. Included are works of lesser known and perhaps surprising musical luminaries such as Aaron Copland, Randy Newman, Michael Giachino, and even John Phillip Sousa (yes, he did in fact write music for the movies!).
Enjoy classic movie medleys, including music from Mary Poppins, and “Days of Wine and Roses.” Fast-forward to modern spy movie music from the Leonardo DiCaprio/Tom Hanks movie, “Catch Me If You Can,” featuring Nicklas Waroff, alto saxophonist. Experience lesser-known music of famous composers Copland and Sousa. We’ll bring the evening to a close with music from Pixar hits “The Incredibles” and “A Bug’s Life,” and of course, such a concert would not be complete without the venerable “Star Wars” theme music.
Tickets are available at the door or from Book ‘n’ Brush in Chehalis. General admission tickets are $12. Children and students are admitted free with paying adult.